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Aces Full of It: I am my Own Worst Enemy or The Perils of Self Doubt

Aces Full of It: I am my Own Worst Enemy or The Perils of Self Doubt

Justin Buchanan - December 7th, 2016

Fair warning…this one isn’t going to actually say much about poker. But that’s okay. If the people who set me up with this blog aren’t okay with it, you’ll never see this anyway. I know I’ve said that it’s a terrible thing to succumb to self doubt, most recently in my Top 10 Worst Mistakes […]

Big Blind (BB) Ranges

Big Blind (BB) Ranges

LD1977 - December 4th, 2016

BB differs from SB in several very important ways: Calling usually closes the action, so BB can choose whether to fold, call or 3-bet (more strategic options available) Price of calling raises is lower compared to size of pot (since SB contributes certain value). This heavily impacts strategic picture in some situations (more on this […]

Aces Full of It: Why I Will Never Be A Poker Champion

Aces Full of It: Why I Will Never Be A Poker Champion

Justin Buchanan - November 28th, 2016

As most of you probably know, I fancy myself a rather skilled player. Not that if you call me one at the table, I won’t deny it so hard that you’ll think I just dove into an Egyptian river. Really at this point, even if I’m frank with myself I believe I have the technical […]

Small Blind (SB) Ranges

Small Blind (SB) Ranges

LD1977 - November 14th, 2016

SB is the worst position on the table because: it guarantees information disadvantage against all other players it offers limited strategic options it lowers EV of both premium and speculative hands Play in SB is heavily based on HUD and notes, which serve to compensate for the inherent positional weakness. Opening ranges This is the […]

Late Position Ranges: Part 2 (BTN)

Late Position Ranges: Part 2 (BTN)

LD1977 - November 1st, 2016

BTN (button) is the best position on the table because: it guarantees information advantage against all other players it is fairly frequently possible to pick up the blinds uncontested (in unopened pots) it allows for maximally exploitative play with (comparatively) very little risk Play in BTN is extremely heavily based on HUD and notes since […]

3 Mistakes Rookies Make and How to Avoid Them

3 Mistakes Rookies Make and How to Avoid Them

Todd McGee - October 10th, 2016

Through trial and error – mostly error – I have learned a lot playing online poker for the past 13 years or so. Here are a few pieces of advice for new players who are just beginning their online poker experience.  I hope this can help you avoid making some of the foolish mistakes I, […]

Late Position Ranges: Part 1 (CO)

Late Position Ranges: Part 1 (CO)

LD1977 - October 8th, 2016

EP and MP ranges are primarily concerned with strength and balance, so they can’t be easily attacked from LP both pre and post flop. However, due to increased positional advantage, CO and BTN are best played exploitatively. This is achieved by using HUD extensively to identify opponents’ tendencies. In this article I will cover CO […]

Middle Position Ranges: Part 2

Middle Position Ranges: Part 2

LD1977 - September 26th, 2016

In the first part of the article, I discussed only the opening ranges, which we use when we are the first player in the pot (= it has been folded to us). Now lets see what can we do in more complicated situations. Facing 3-bets Since our MP ranges are a bit wider than EP […]

Middle Position Ranges

Middle Position Ranges

LD1977 - August 25th, 2016

Articles on MP (Middle Position) and LP (Late Position) ranges are mainly intended for full ring tables (9 players) but are applicable for 6-max, assuming readers understand the relative positions: BB, SB, BTN and CO are the same on both types of tables MP (UTG+1) on 6-max table is MP on full ring table (called […]

Early Position Ranges

Early Position Ranges

LD1977 - August 9th, 2016

This article will mainly be applicable to full ring tables (9 players) since the proposed ranges are too tight for 6-max. Ranges for 6-max will be discussed in the next article. Early position (EP) is first 2 seats on the table, namely UTG (under-the-gun) and UTG+1. Opening ranges (+ defense against aggression) EP has to […]